Punahou Carnival includes Hawaiian Plate music, too
A Punahou Carnival tradition — Hawaiian music at the Hawaiian Plate Booth stage — continues this year as Manoa DNA, the popular Island father-and-son group, performs for the fifth consecutive year from 7 to 8 p.m. Feb. 4 on the school’s Manoa campus.
The Manoa DNA show will be in the Punahou cafeteria, where the official Hawaiian Plate Booth stage is located in Dole Hall, mauka of Rice Field. The kaukau includes lau lau, poi, lomi lomi salmon and haupia.
“The Hawaiian Plate Booth was one of our very first big gigs,” said Alex Kawakami (the A), who performs with brother Nick (the N) and dad Lloyd Kawakami (the D). “It was one of the first times we were able to bring a full band and perform in front of our family and friends.”
As Manoa residents themselves, the family act believes in giving back to the community. “We are very happy to be supporting such a worthy cause,” said dad Lloyd. “A lot of people don’t know that the carnival is actually a fundraiser for the school ... to support student scholarships.”
Manoa DNA was first recruited to provide music for the Hawaiian Plate foodies in 2006, when the band was still relatively new and unknown. Its popularity and prowess have grown beyond the shores of Hawaii, to the Mainland as well as in Japan.
The Punahou Carnival, open from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Feb. 4 and 5, is the city’s largest event of its kind, offering rides, games, an art sale, and a white elephant tent. The Hawaiian Plate special, along with the freshly-made malasadas, are legendary.
The Hawaiian Plate stage also hosts a variety of performers — including Henry Kapono, Danny Carvalho, Johnny Helm, and a trio of Hawaiian favorites comprised of George Kuo, Aaron Mahi and Martin Pahinui — during the run of the carnival.
Noon – 1 p.m. Punahou Jazz Band
1 – 2 p.m. The Imu Gang
2 -3 p.m. — Johnny Helm and Friends
3 -4 p.m. — Mango Season
4 - 5 p.m. — Honolulu Jazz Quartet
5 - 6 p.m. — Kapala
6 - 7 p.m. — George Kuo, Aaron Mahi, Martin Pahinui
7 - 8 p.m. — Manoa DNA
8 - 9 p.m. — I Ku Mau Mau
9 - 10 p.m. — Sunway
Noon to1 p.m. — Punahou Jazz Band
1 to 2 p.m. — Punahou Alumni Glee Club
2 – 3 p.m. —Hapa Folk
3 – 4 p.m. —Danny Carvalho
4 – 5 p.m. — The Big Deal
5 – 6 p.m. — Yim Family
6 – 7 p.m. — Puna Rock
7 – 8 p.m. — Lyle Hosoda & Friends
8 – 9 p.m. — Henry Kapono
9 – 10 p.m. —The Strangers